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Elections/Voter Information

Web Sites
American Presidency Project
Contains more than 100,000 documents "related to the study of the Presidency."  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters,  University of California, Santa Barbara.

Real Clear Politics: Latest Polls
Compiles poll data from from various sources along with providing links to the original sources. Created by John McIntyre and Tom Bevan.

FactCheck.org
“[A] nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.”  Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Federal Election Commission
The FEC is an “independent regulatory agency” whose duties are to “disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.”

Follow the Money
"[I]ncludes a 50-state database of 100,00+ lobbyists and clients who register annually, and a 50-state database of contributions documenting $28 billion."

The Living Room Candidate: Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2012
"[A]n online exhibition presenting more than 300 television commercials from every election year since 1952, when the first campaign TV ads aired." Museum of the Moving Image.

Massachusetts Elections Division, Secretary of the Commonwealth
Contains information about voter registration, where to vote, sample ballots, and more.

PolitiFact
Fact-check statements made by politicians. Click on the truth-o-meter, located in the top menu bar of the page, to browse by subject. Or scroll to the Browse the Truth-O-Meter section on the right hand side of the page to search by person. Tampa Bay Times.

Presidential Speech Archives
"The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history." Miller Center, University of Virginia

Project Vote Smart
  • Contains candidate biographies, voting records, issue positions, public statements, campaign finance and interest group ratings for federal and state elections.
  • Information on ballot initiatives and current legislative votes organized by state.
  • Provides links to resources to learn more about the elections and the election process.
  • Learn how to register to vote in your state of legal residence.
  • For listing of political parties, see [http://votesmart.org/political-parties#.UFoSua5N4Yw] and select the desired state.


U.S. Electoral College
Find answers to questions such as, "What is the Electoral College?" and "Why do we have the Electoral College?" Also contains historical election results. National Archives and Records Administration.

Voting and Elections in the U.S.
Learn how to register and locate information about state and local elections.  Administered by USAGov, a division of the U.S. General Services Administration's Technology Transformation Service. 


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